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Ford and Dow Chemical will work together to speed up carbon-fiber research and manufacturing capabilities.

Ford is getting religion when it comes to light-weighting its vehicles. The company has entered into a new partnership with Dow Chemical to develop carbon fiber that can be manufactured at affordable prices for high-volume applications. That, of course, is the holy grail of weight reduction, which is why other manufacturers like BMW and General Motors are also partnering with suppliers to try and achieve the same ends.

The multinational Dow Chemical Company has formed a joint venture with Japan's Ube Industries to produce electrolytes for use in automotive lithium-ion batteries.

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies has announced that Dow Chemical placed a 100-plus unit order for it's plug-in hybrid Ford F-150. This order, according to Quantum, marks the official launch of its F-150 PHEV.

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